This is the blog where we actually stay in LA, and I share the few things I like about the city. (It's a big city, just because this blog is long doesn't mean I like the city itself, fyi)
Dave and I love museums, (hey, I warned you in the title this blog is for geeks) so pretty much every new city we visit has a list of museums we want to check out....LA is no different.
Our favorite museum so far has been The Getty, but we also visited The Natural History Museum, The La Brea Tar Pits, and Griffith Park Zoo.
Before we headed off on our museum extravaganza (fyi, we didn't do ALL of these in one day, I just can't actually remember which day we did which...) we had breakfast at this cute little place across from our hotel called Le Pain Quotidien. I thought it was delicious, Dave said it was "too hippy" for him....and to be fair EVERYTHING on the menu said "organic" beside it...I guess it would have been sufficient to just say "Everything is Organic" in one place. Oh well, I enjoyed my organic-fresh-squeezed-orange-juice and my organic-whole-wheat-Belgian-waffles with organic-locally-grown-berries and organic-natural-syrup. :)
We sat outside because it was gorgeous out, but very quickly realized we'd made a bad decision since it was really hot, and we were sitting directly in the sun...thankfully we got a chance to move to a shaded (see photo below...Dave's half of the table was shaded) table before we completely overheated. Trust me it was just a preview of the rest of the day we were heading for.
We went to The Getty first, since we figured the earlier we showed up the better to avoid the crowds. We were sort-of right, it was much less busy then the last time we'd been, but we still didn't avoid the million school groups crowding in front of the major pieces of art.
We headed for the gardens first since we figured it was only going to get hotter as the day went on...plus obviously this is my favorite spot in the whole place....amazing beauty.
This museum is absolutely incredible. The last time we were here we got to chat with one of the museum guards, an old guy who'd been working there for years, and he told us SO much about The Getty Foundation and the history of the museum.
This visit to The Getty was amazing, not quite as much of a "wow" factor as the first time we went, but we were extremely happy we went....it's such a beautiful place to visit.
Dave checked out some different recommended sites around LA, and Griffith Park Zoo came up several times, so we headed out to find it. It's not actually a zoo anymore (it closed in 1966) but it's the site of the old LA zoo, so you can still go through all of the old animal enclosures and see the old design....it's actually pretty creepy.
We were attempting to enjoy the creepiness of the park, but honestly it was so hot I was really having a hard time. The temperature actually hit 113, so even with a tiny breeze it was still uncomfortable.
Honestly our favorite part of the zoo was this awesome squirrel we saw...he kept running around and then flattening himself down on the concrete. Hilarious!
The next place we checked out was the Natural History Museum. We didn't really have high expectations, because we've been to several - and they're all pretty much the same. We were just out of things to do at this point in our trip (again, we're not "city-lovers" so we don't get lured in by all the typical city sites) so we just researched all the possible museums.
We were actually pretty impressed by the museum. Most of the exhibits were pretty much the same as the other natural history museums we've been to, but the building was awesome.
We had plenty of time left in the day, so we decided to check out the La Brea Tar Pits.
The museum had some amazing fossils that had come directly out of the tarpits - pretty cool when you're in the exact place they were actually discovered. Somehow it made everything feel way more real. (Plus, there weren't any screaming kids...bonus!)
6'2" man vs. mammoth skeleton....I voted he loses. :) All I could think of this whole time was the Night at the Museum movies....haha. There were so many amazing spots, the one that really got to me was the direwolf skull exhibit....absolutely incredible, and pretty gruesome.
There were literally hundreds of direwolf skulls on display - it was amazing. Thankfully right after this we were able to escape into the lovely atrium in the museum and lighten the mood.
We may say we hate helLA, but we do somehow manage to have a great time everytime we visit. I guess warm weather and beautiful beaches aren't all bad. :-) We're not sure that we'll be back to the west coast anytime soon (given that we're about to make a big move south) but next time we are I sure hope it's the NORTH west coast! Until next time,
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